Author calls Obama 'Grown-Up Trayvon'

7:44 AM, Nov 27, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- Conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza isn't sending any Thanksgiving good wishes to President Obama this year.

The author of The Roots of Obama's Rage started a Twitter firestorm Tuesday with this missive: "I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!"

Trayvon Martin is the Florida teenager killed by George Zimmerman in 2012; Zimmerman, pleading self-defense, was acquitted by a jury earlier this year.

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Tweeted reactions to D'Souza's included the terms "disgusting" and "vile." One tweet asked: "So is D'Souza's point that Obama should be shot?"

D'Souza -- who put together a critical film called 2016: Obama's America -- later deleted the offending tweet, as well as a follow-up response to the critics: "Feigned outrage on the left over me calling Obama 'grown up Trayvon' except that Obama likened himself to Trayvon!"

After Zimmerman's acquittal in July, Obama said African-Americans looked "at this issue through a set of experiences and a history ... that doesn't go away."

Said Obama: "You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

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(USA TODAY)

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